Journal

I want to start writing in a journal. A personal journal; a real hardcopy, not an online journal. I want it to be honest. I’ve heard people use nicknames when referring to people in real life in writing and I don’t want to do that. 
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Originally I thought it would be fun to be blunt about it and use real names. Then, I thought it might be cool to replace all the names with ‘you.’ So all the people that I write about can blend into one being. So it could connect us and create some kind of cohesive unity. 
Then I thought about the ways it would reflect me. If I’m only writing about ‘you’ I’m only writing from one me. Whereas if I’m writing about each person in my life I’m writing from the different me’s that exist when I’m surrounded by each person. The way I change based on the energy that person gives off or the way we relate and work with each other. 
I haven’t decided yet.
Do you keep a journal? If so, how do you write about people?
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Foodswings

So I just got back from Foodswings in bklyn with Brian &Bean. Those two are addicted to the ‘fast food joint’ and for an obvious reason. Although it’s completely greasy and gross like other fast food places, it’s completely vegan. Yep, that’s right. Everything on the menu is vegan. Which means those fried drumsticks we had – the ones that looked and tasted (they even had the right texture too) were made entirely from plant products – awesome. 

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I realized something kinda interesting; I feel like I’m inspired most creatively when I’m with Brian. I guess I’ve always kinda knew that but I feel like it’s more and more pronounced. I’m not this inspired in Vermont, but I am more motivated. Strange how that works.


Anyway, I got CS5!
Which means I have a lot to get used to considering I was still using CS2 until a week or so ago – yikes! (Which is why I haven’t been putting any of my own photos up yet.)


I’m excited about the new year. I’m optimistic that this is going to be a good one!
xo,
Erica

Resolutions

Last year I decided to give up meat as a resolution – at least for the month of January.
Meat was always my favorite. Especially chicken. I LOVED chicken as a kid. Chicken cutlets, cold cuts, in soup, on pizza – you name it. It was always a conflicting thing being an animal lover and a meat eater. I thought it was so silly how you could be both. 
Brian, one of my best friends recommended the book Skinny Bitch (which recommends a vegan diet.) He had been a vegetarian before he ever picked it up and was okay with me eating meat (he’s such a great friend!) I found the book to be more than interesting but when it came time to describing what they do to animals I had to skip the chapter. Contradiction? I was totally okay to closing my eyes to the industry and continuing to support them. I was essentially made up of things I didn’t want to support – physically.  But for a few more years I continued to eat meat.
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Finally, for my 2010 resolution I decided to give up something I should have given up a long time ago. The first week of 2010 I was a vegan. After giving up dairy for a month I figured it would be easy to be a vegetarian. -This was true at least for me. After being a vegetarian for a month I decided to keep doing it. A year later meat lost all it’s appeal to me. Now I actually find meat to be kinda repulsing. I do not miss it.
I realize that diets are different for everyone. And a diet that might be better for me may not be the best thing for you. However, I do encourage you to try something new, even for a short amount of time. Sometimes you don’t know how you’ll adapt to something if you never try it.
I’m extremely proud of myself for not only trying but continuing a vegetarian life.
This year I wanted to start the new year with another week of veganism. Now that I think of it I might actually try to go the full month of January. We’ll see. 
xo,
E
What are your resolutions?

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I’m writing this post from bed because I’m sick. ):
Every time I get sick there’s a warning. And every time I choose to ignore it and say this time’s different; my hair will hurt. If I have it up in a hair tie it’ll hurt and feel sore. Weird, huh?
a street near my house; taken by Christine
Anyway, my hair hurt this morning and I ignored it and went out anyway. Christine &I built an igloo. Or at least started to. We want to finish it tomorrow but I guess it depends on how I feel.
me: climbing out of our igloo
Me &Christine
Thawing with hot chocolate
We had a good time.
I just ate an orange & took some medicine – hopefully when I wake up I wont have a fever anymore.
xo,
E

Okay blog, let’s chat.
I know I haven’t been around much; after my last final my computer got a virus which made it completely unusable. So I was focusing on getting all my orders mailed out on time and making it home to New York. I was delayed a few days due to the snowy weather but all is well. I’m now writing from my parents’ home on Long Island on my new Macbook!

Some of our Brazilian relatives are staying in NYC this week and spent Christmas Eve &Day at my house. The Greek family +Brian came over Christmas Eve (like always.) I don’t know why but I never really take everyday pictures when I’m home on the island. So the few pictures that are here are what my mom took on her point and shoot.

Brian, Angie &I

Me &Aunt Barbara
Flavia, Felipe & Gustavo
Silvia &Flavia

Christmas was a hit this year. I think my family liked all the VT gifts I got like maple syrup, bag balm and warm socks. Christmas day we took the Brazilians to the beach;

Flavia, Silvia, Felipe & Gustavo
Me &my cam
I LOVE my new macbook but I’m still trying to get my dell to work. I have pictures and things on there that I would like to recover. I don’t know what I’m going to do without photoshop in the meantime.

My dad &I when I first opened my macbook.  -Doesn’t my hair look like a helmet? Lol

Right now we’re snowed in; we got about 2 feet of snow yesterday and it doesn’t look like we’re going to leave the house soon. My neighbor Christine &I want to build an igloo. We don’t really have any of those igloo making tools so we’ll see how that goes.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and are keeping warm!

xoxo,
E

P.S. I have this picture of my great grandmother (my mom’s mom’s mom) in my room. Silvia was the granddaughter who looked like her the most. So my mom took this photo of Silvia:

Update; 121710

My computer got a virus today, so I’m blogging from the netbook (which is why there’s no photo in today’s post.) I hope I can fix it soon! ):

I am officially done with the semester.&I’m almost all caught up on etsy orders. I just finished packing up 30 orders – they are on the table in front of me. Only a few more to go. aaaah!
I just decided to close my shop until January! I’m going back to Long Island (by myself) on Sunday. I’m going to get my wisdom teeth pulled. All four of them.
I was planning on bringing my whole shop home so I could continue to sell/mail out orders but I’ve been working SO hard all month, I think I deserve a little break!
Mae just got up and curled next to me and right now she has her head resting on my leg right next to the netbook. She is too sweet. We are listening to Iron &Wine in the soft glow of candle light. Oh, how I love living in Vermont. 
Remember that mixed cd I said I was going to make and mail out? Well, I haven’t had a chance to do it yet. So, it changed from an autumn mix to a winter one, and I’m going to start working on it when I get home. If you want one just let me know and I’ll mail one to ya 😉
I should get going, finishing packing up these orders, make a to do list for tomorrow and get to bed. Tomorrow is a busy, BUSY day! ah!
Hope you are doing well and keeping warm.
xo,
Erica

All Nighter

Here I am, pulling an all nighter to finish my last final; philosophy/intro to ethics. (That’s right, after tonight I am officially done with the semester!)
After doing 5 hours of community service (I worked at the local food shelf) I have to write a 7 page paper relating my volunteer work with Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr, +3 other works we’ve discussed.
Then I have to make a creative element &ethics- I’m planning on doing something with photography. I’ll probably post them here if I like them.
Anyway, I’m writing here to start clearing my head. (Writing on my blog calms me down and helps me start focusing, I like it.) Mayonaise is laying next to me &I have highlighted photocopies all over my bed. I’m listening to Iron &Wine and getting ready to shut down my computer while I read/write. (Somehow writing in a notebook always helps with staying organized opposed to typing on a computer – at least for me when it comes to school work.)
Those who are going to school, congrats with making it through another semester! If you’re not done with finals yet I wish you luck! (We’re in this together, right?   -ah, Ethics!)
xo,
Erica
P.S. Kathy – I will be happy to watch Sabe Saturday. I’ll try to call you today, but if you read this before I get a chance to just send me a text letting me know when you want me to be there. xoxoxo

No, this isn’t the poem I was looking for that day-

Excuses

once again
I hear of somebody who is going to
settle down and
do their work,
painting of writing or whatever,
as soon as they get a better light
installed,
or as soon as they move to a new
city,
or as soon as they come back from the trip they
have been planning,
or as soon as…

it’s simple; they just don’t want
to do it,
or they can’t do it,
otherwise they’d feel a burning
itch from hell
they could not ignore
and “soon”
would turn quickly into
“now.”

-Charles Bukowski